Wild lose Brodziak to Blues in free agency

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Kyle Brodziak's career in Minnesota is over after he signed a one-year, $900,000 contract with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Michael Russo of the Star Tribune says it's not shocking that Brodziak signed a lower pay deal because rosters in the NHL are stacked with quality third-line centers. Had he agreed to terms with a team on the first day of free agency – Wednesday – he potentially could have received a better contract, Russo says.

The same issue may effect Chris Stewart, who at first appeared unlikely to re-sign with the Wild. It now appears there is a chance he could return for Minnesota, Russo says.

Brodziak, who scored 9 goals and had 11 assists in 73 games last season, definitely earned respect as a hard-nosed player during his six years with the Wild.

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